US Vermont gender-neutral bathroom bill is signed into law

13:00  14 may  2018
13:00  14 may  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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Vermont lawmakers have passed a bill that will require all single-user bathrooms in public buildings or places of public accommodation to be marked as gender-neutral.

Gov. Phil Scott signed H.333 on Friday. It was introduced in the Vermont General Assembly in February 2017.

The bill passed with a large majority in the House in April 2017, and then took a year to reach the Senate, where it passed unanimously.

"Two years ago, when I was running for governor, I was asked in a debate whether I would support gender-neutral bathrooms in public places or not," Scott, a Republican, said at the bill-signing ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. "I responded with a one-word answer, a simple yes. Because to me it was just that simple. Why wouldn't we do that? And now two years later I am honored to be able to sign that legislation into law today."

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Republican governor of Vermont , Phil Scott, signed a bill Friday that would require all individual occupancy bathrooms in public buildings to be labeled as “ gender neutral .” The law goes into effect July 1.

According to the bill, "a single-user toilet may be identified by a sign, provided that the sign marks the facility as a restroom and does not indicate any specific gender."

Scott said, "This is especially important for kids in school who face anxiety and bullying over something as simple as using the restroom. Treating others in this way is not who we are as Vermonters, and I hope the signing of this bill will send a powerful message that that's not the way we act.

"Vermont has a well-earned reputation for embracing equality and being inclusive," he added.

In February 2017, the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity.

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" Vermont Dems pushing for extreme gender - neutral bathroom bill ." "Supporters of the bill say transforming gender-specific single-stall bathrooms into gender - neutral facilities would cost very little money and provide all of Vermont ’s citizens and visitors with access to safe bathrooms ."

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State Rep. Bill Lippert Jr., one of the co-sponsors of the Vermont bill, said, "In the face of the kind of hysteria that has been generated around transgender restrooms in other states, this makes commons sense. Because it really makes a difference for transgender people who want to use a bathroom where they feel safe. It is satisfying to take the next step forward."

In a statement, Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said, "Too many states are passing 'bathroom bills' that move in the wrong direction, discriminating against LGBTQIA individuals and forcing schoolchildren to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender at birth, not their chosen gender identity. In a time where LBGTQIA rights are being rolled back on the federal level, when the Trump administration isn't protecting children, it is our duty to step in."

The law will go into effect on July 1. It does not apply to bathrooms with more than one toilet.

CNN's Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.

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